"Disparity across the services"

About: Bedford Hospital South Wing

What a shame that you cannot feedback on individual departments. Daughter has just given birth in the delivery suite here - absolutely fantastic service and had I been rating them, it would have been full stars all the way. However, being transferred onto the ante natal ward was a depressing soul destroying experience where she was put in a side room and saw no one for a full twelve hours. It wasn't until she asked the nurse in charge if they had, in fact, forgotten she was there that she was assigned a second year midwife to help her try to feed naturally!? Such an important skill to learn being taught by a student! And to leave a new first time mum unattended for that amount of time, especially after a traumatic birth, is disgraceful, regardless of how busy you report you are! Business is not an excuse for poor care! So, delivery suite - 5 stars, cannot fault Orchard ward - you could learn a lot from your delivery suite colleagues!

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Response from Bedford Hospital South Wing

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your family's experience at Bedford Hospital. I was happy to read about the quality of care that your daughter received from our staff in the Delivery Suite, and I am sorry that this standard was not maintained throughout the hospital. Whilst I am always happy to pass comments on, you may feel that this is something which may not be best communicated by being relayed second hand by myself. As such I would encourage you to get in touch directly with our Patient Advice and Liaison Service team (PALS) via the details on our website at http://www.bedfordhospital.nhs.uk/patients/pals-and-complaints - as a Trust we are always keen to learn how we can do better. You can also contact PALS via email to PALS@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk, by calling the team on 01234 795814, or by writing a letter to: PALS Bedford Hospital NHS Trust Bedford MK42 9DJ I will pass your comments on to the teams, I am sure that they will all appreciate your feedback. If you would like to discuss this or anything else further, please feel free to get in touch directly. Thank you once again for sharing your experience at Bedford Hospital on NHS Choices. Ben Raza Senior Communications Officer Bedford Hospital NHS Trust ben.raza@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

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